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Oppressive heat

Last night I woke up about quarter to midnight bathed in sweat and aware of Something Wrong. I opened my eyes to utter darkness, which in this world of streetlights and glowing digital clocks, is totally Wrong. The power was out, and a quick check said it was out across the street, too. We'd finally broken down and turned on the air conditioner, so the house was closed up, and I opened windows and got the battery clock with an alarm just in case, and managed to get back to sleep.

I woke up at 1:30 and power was all back on. I got up again to close windows and doors, took Advil because of terrible headache, and once again managed to get back to sleep.

Strange Buffy dream was going on when alarm and cat went off. Something about a drive-through mall-like thing, Almay makeup, and a burrito place. I don't remember many details, although Buffy was having a Slayer vision about dead babies (minorly disturbing). It was still hot in the house. Despite having been on all night, the air conditioner had not cooled the place, which means something is wrong. {extremely heavy sigh} I hope it's something we can fix easily.

Headache is back. There's an Ozone Alert and an Extreme Heat Warning posted for today. Sometimes it's such a joy living in a gigantic desert city. Of course, it's only going to be 107 today, which tells me how lightweight Phoenix residents have gotten. A decade ago we didn't get "Extreme" heat warnings at all, except that week when it topped 122. I wouldn't be concerned about it myself except for that pesky lack of air conditioning. Of course, last time it stopped working it WAS something easily fixable, so hopefully my crankiness can be that easily fixed.

The other morning I dropped a can of tomato paste on my toe. I'm lucky it was one of those little cans, because a larger can probably would have broken something. As is, it's very swollen and bruised. Doesn't hurt too badly right now, but there's some pain down deep in the foot.

Today is apparently "Cheap Gas Friday," and they're dropping clues for a station which is selling at $1.12 a gallon today. Unfortunately, from the clues so far, it sounds like it's clear out in Mesa, and I don't really need gas right now, anyway, since I filled up Monday.

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sillymagpie
May. 20th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
No air conditioning here, either, but the electricity has been fine. Yesterday I slept over 16 friggin' hours, so I pretty much stayed up last night. I'm hoping that dropping the serotonin dosage down or off will stop this. There's no sense in falling asleep quickly if I sleep that long. I mean, I was having problems already, but that's ridiculous! (Upset and unhappy Maggie.)

On the plus side, now that my neighbors are up, I can resume cleaning house. Time to tackle that yucky bathroom. Then, if I can get one of the blasted vacuum cleaners to work, I mop floors and get a maintenance guy over to play with the stupid air conditioning. And maybe the light in the kitchen, which happens to be working for the moment. Only 89.2° in the apartment at 6:20 a.m.

Dickens was being really cute a moment ago. He had himself scrunched down so the tip of his nose barely touched the windowsill so the birds couldn't see him. (They can't see him now; there's nothing outside my bedroom window but air.) He's a funny little bot.
wildrider
May. 20th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Yes, get that adjusted.

It's all better now 'round these parts. rahirah called the man to come out and he got everything back in working order for less than $100, so that's good stuff.

Hee. :)
fenchurche
May. 20th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
It got up to 98 here in Las Vegas yesterday -- as poor Seattle-ites, used to cooler temperatures (and some friggin' moisture in the air!), we've been absolutely dying every time we've set foot outside. I hate to admit it, but we've had the AC set to about 68 here in the hotel room, or odds are we'd never have gotten any sleep.

On the news last night, they said that today is supposed to break the three digit mark and they're expecting it to stay that way until September (!!!!). It was interesting, though, because the weather lady went on to say "does it seem a bit early to you?" and then she surprised me by continuing on with how it's actually a bit late... they normally start hitting the triple digits back around the end of April. (Just when you think you've figured out the pattern of newscaster-speak, someone throws a zinger in there.)

My mom absolutely loved it here because of the heat... they even lived without any AC for the first few years they were in Pahrump, and didn't use it much even after they go it. I remember one time where I had heat stroke and ended up moving a chair underneath the small air conditioner, cranking it up full blast, and falling asleep there while trying not to throw up -- I've never been so grateful for air conditioning in my life. I'm just not cut out for desert living and I've been incredibly careful here ever since.

Here's hoping yours is easily fixed!!
sillymagpie
May. 20th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... When I was in San Francisco, I found that humidity did make the temperatures seem hotter. I sincerely believe in "dry heat."

The maintenance guy will supposedly fix my air conditioner this afternoon (crossed fingers). The air blows, but it does not condition. Maybe wildrider and rahirah should come to my place.
wildrider
May. 20th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
Sixty-eight is cold, shivery winter weather. :) I've become such a lightweight I can't bear it much below 65 (I was born in Wyoming, for heaven's sake); on the other side of the coin, once it gets over 100 I also can't stand it. As I've gotten older I've gotten less and less aclimatized to anything but a nice 75 - 80 degrees.

Vegas claims they start triple-digits in April?! I think the woman's screwy -- in Phoenix the average start of triple digits is May 13; when they come in April, even long-time residents are pitching fits. And yes, it'll stay through September (and unless we're lucky, some into October).

A friend of mine in the office moved here from Michigan and she's like that with the heat. She loves this time of year still, and she's been here for five years.
typographer
May. 20th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
Ouch! I hate it when I drop something on my foot. Lately I've been real lucky. I keep dropping knives, but have managed to dodge out of the way of the blade.

Sometimes I'm amazed that a person as clumsy as me has lived this long!
wildrider
May. 20th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
Usually I'm real good at getting my feet out of the way of dropped items, but the way our pantry is, I was awkwardly balanced as it was and I couldn't move fast enough.

It's getting better. :)
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